Food & Drink

Too much arsenic in a bottled water causes a ‘voluntary withdrawal’ from the U.S. market

Peñafiel unflavored mineral spring water products have been pulled from the U.S. market for having more arsenic than the FDA allows.

Manufacturer Keurig Dr. Pepper announced the “voluntary withdrawal” on its website Friday afternoon and it posted to the FDA site Saturday morning.

The FDA allows arsenic, which is found in nature, in mineral water at 10 parts per billion. Keurig stated that independent laboratory testing put Peñafiel’s number higher than that.

Still, a Keurig spokesperson emailed the Miami Herald Monday to say the pulling of the product “should be treated as a voluntary withdrawal rather than a recall because our outside experts have concluded there is no health or safety issue associated with the product.”

Keurig’s announcement said, “All unflavored Peñafiel mineral spring water products including 600mL and 1.5L of all date codes are included in this voluntary withdrawal. Consumers who have this product in their possession can return it to their retailer for a full refund.”

Anyone with questions about this “voluntary withdrawal” can call Keurig Dr. Pepper at 800-696-5891, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.